The X-Files

Biogenesis (1)

Season 6, Ep 22, Aired 5/16/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Two scientists confer about each of their metal objects that were found in Africa and they theorise that the objects are pieces of a puzzle which could be undeniable proof that human, plant and animal life did not originate on this planet. When one of the scientists is killed and the objects are stolen, the agents investigate and Mulder begins to experience severe neurological pain caused by the objects.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Chris Carter

  • Frank Spotnitz

  • Rob Bowman

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Biogenesis

    By TrueTvWatcher, Aug 24, 2012

  • Mulder kind of goes insane while Scully looks into some mysterious artifacts.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, May 04, 2011

  • Biogenesis is a turning point in the show's mythology and for most of the show's characters. It also incorporates all the elements that make the show great.

    By Uncle_SaltyJT, Aug 08, 2007

  • The first part of three.

    By AlexKrychek, Feb 11, 2008

  • A great start to an awesome 3 part season ending/beginning

    By Jerbs, May 23, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Scully: (Voice over) From space, it seems an abstraction a magician's trick on a darkened stage. And from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive. It first appeared in the sea almost four billion years ago in the form of single-celled life. In an explosion of life spanning millions of years, nature's first multicellular organisms began to multiply... and then it stopped. 440 million years ago, a great mass extinction would kill off nearly every species on the planet leaving the vast oceans decimated and empty.
      Slowly, plants began to evolve, then insects, only to be wiped out in the second great mass extinction upon the Earth. The cycle repeated again and again. Reptiles emerging, independent of the sea only to be killed off.
      Then dinosaurs, struggling to life along with the first birds, fish, and flowering plants their decimations Earth's fourth and fifth great extinctions. Only 100,000 years ago, Homosapiens appear man.
      From cave paintings to the Bible to Columbus and Apollo 11, we have been a tireless force upon the earth and off cataloguing the natural world as it unfolds to us. Rising to a world population of over five billion people all descended from that original single cell, that first spark of life. But for all our knowledge, what no one can say for certain, is what or who ignited that original spark. Is there a plan, a purpose or a reason to our existence? Will we pass, as those before us, into oblivion, into the sixth extinction that scientists warn is already in progress? Or will the mystery be revealed through a sign, a symbol, a revelation?

    • Mulder: A fringe theory called "Panspermia." It's the belief that life originated... Scully: ...elsewhere in this universe. Skinner: You've heard of this? Scully: Yeah. It's the idea that Mars or others planets were habitable long before Earth and that cosmic collisions on these planets blasted microbes into our solar system - some of which landed and flourished here.

    • Scully: I don't understand you, Mulder. You're willing to pursue any case involving aliens no matter how tenuous the connection. There has to be some limit to your interest... I mean, this endless pursuit of the truth, Mulder, it just... it doesn't make any sense to me now.

    • Mulder: I am just a hired gun for the FBI.

    • Scully: Mulder... look, after all you've done, after all you've uncovered -- a conspiracy of men doing human experiments, men who are all now dead -- you exposed their secrets. I mean, you've won. What more could you possibly hope to do or to find? Mulder: My sister.

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    Notes (2)

    • Although X-Files management was prepared to suspend filming to accommodate the birth of David Duchovny's first child, it proved to be unnecessary. Madelaine West Duchovny was born on April 24, 1999; two days after the filming of Fox Mulder's final scene in this season finale.

    • This episode marks the beginning of the so-called "new mythology".

    Trivia (2)

    • When Mulder and Scully are examining the artifact in his office, there are pencils hanging from the ceiling tile over Mulder's desk in the background. Presumably this is a habit that Mulder has had at least since the episode, "Chinga," although they cannot be the same pencils since the office burned down at the end of season 5.

    • The establishing outside shot of the Hospital Mulder went to was also used that same year as San Francisco Memorial Hospital on the show Charmed. In this episode, the hospital is supposed to be in Georgetown.

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